Inari is the SEEDesign™ company. We embrace the diversity and complexity of nature in every aspect of our business to drive innovation – to push the boundaries of what is possible. Through our unrivaled technology platform, Inari uses predictive design and advanced multiplex gene editing to develop step-change products. We are taking a nature positive approach to unlock the full potential of seed that will transform the food system. The results will lead to more productive acres delivering value creation for farmers and a more sustainable future for our planet.
Our success is dependent on great minds, collaborating to generate bright ideas and deliver exceptional outcomes.
We have over 270 employees, with research sites in Cambridge, MA (USA) and Ghent (Belgium), as well as a product development site in West Lafayette, IN (USA). We’ve deliberately built a team that brings diversity of thought to all aspects of our business, to generate new ideas, approaches, and ways of operating. And we've intentionally combined experience with potential, bringing agriculture industry experts with the desire to innovate together with bright minds from academia, human therapeutics, software, and consulting. If you want to be part of a diverse and inclusive team developing unique solutions to feed the world while protecting our planet’s natural resources, we’d love to hear from you!
About the role...
At Inari, we’re working to build a more sustainable global food system: From managing population growth, to building the population’s health. From minimizing environmental damage impact, to creating a positive change for the planet. And from exploiting those who feed us, to building wealth for those rural communities. All this grows from building a better seed.
We are currently seeking a Trait Introgression (TI) Manager for our corn and soybean trait platforms. The Trait introgression Manager will be responsible for the introgression of GM or edited traits into corn and soybean elite germplasm. The traited elite germplasm will feed the late-stage product pipeline to ensure high quality, high yielding elite germplasm is provided to the commercial team for product launch. This role reports to the Director of Product Design and Development and is based in West Lafayette, Indiana.
As the Trait Ingression Manager, you will…
- Develop and implement the TI strategy aligned with the organization’s commercial and business goals
- Foster strong collaborative relationships with Field Operations, Product Development, and Commercial organizations to deliver a robust product pipeline
- Develop and identify key germplasm donors to support internal and partner organizations needs
- Partner with Global Regulatory to ensure the development and delivery of key Regulatory intermediates allowing for Global approvals
- Work with molecular labs to ensure adequate resources are available for sampling and genotyping projects
- Forecast and manage resources associated with projects, coordinate nurseries in GH, Field or CRO aligning with stakeholders
- Ensure meaningful knowledge, data and material transfer occur during transition points of every crop cycle
- Identify key areas of opportunity for new technology implementation and/or process improvement, while positively contributing to a collaborative, innovative, and design-centric culture
- Provide strategic leadership as a member of the Late Product Development extended leadership team that creates commercial value across crops globally
- Support the Health Safety & Environment and Compliance policies
- Preference is for M.S. or PhD degree in Crop Breeding, Agronomy or Plant Science with 10+ years of industry experience in breeding, trait introgression, product evaluation, and/or technical product management
- Knowledge of products, practices, and commercial landscape within the industry
- Extensive experience designing field strategy and conducting field research
- Strong experimental design and analytical skills to generate, interpret and summarize scientific data and information
- Knowledge and understanding of science relevant to gene edited products and of crop production systems including germplasm, traits, chemistries, and general agronomic practices
- Planning skills to organize, prioritize, schedule and coordinate work activities for multiple projects
- A strong sense of purpose and drive to develop unique, high impact solutions
- Adaptability and enthusiasm for new challenges, innate curiosity, and a passion for learning
- Creative and strategic thinking, willingness to be bold and take risks, and the ability to recognize and learn from failure
- A collaborative mindset that is open to giving and receiving ideas, perspectives, and feedback.
- Ability to work both independently and deliver on responsibilities within a highly collaborative environment
- Ability to effectively communicate with a diverse range of individuals and audiences
- Interpersonal skills to communicate, advise, negotiate or influence others as well as build productive working relationships in a cross functional environment